Local Events

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Citizen Science Projects:

Hellbenders – seen one? They area species of special concern, as they seem to be declining. That’s the point of this project. They are seldom seen, hiding under rocks. Don’t flip those rocks! Just gps them or note physical location. Eyeball length, note time of day and email lori.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 866.318.2401.

Discover Natural Transylvania

Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the Rogow Room. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library. For more information contact Marcy Thompson at 828-884-1820

There will be no program in October because of the Annual Book Sale.

Bag Lunch Arts
Our monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge. Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room. Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Tuesday, September 17 — Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with Danny Bernstein. In North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the landscape is more than a scenic backdrop, it literally shapes the culture. Every trail has a story. With slides and stories, Danny (Danielle) Bernstein will discuss the unique history of specific trails and hiking areas in our mountains. We’ll meet Moses H. Cone and George Masa, climb Chimney Rock, visit the elk in the Smokies, trek the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, hike in the three Pisgah Districts – and much more. Highland Books will have copies of her books available for sale and signing following the program. Danny is a hiker, hike leader, and outdoor writer. She’s completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina and three Caminos de Santiago. Currently, she leads hikes for Carolina Mountain Club, Friends of the Smokies, and the Asheville Camino group. She’s written four outdoor books. In her previous life, she was in computer science, way before computers were cool, first as a software developer, then as a professor of computer science. Danny’s mission is to get people out of their cars, into the woods and hiking.

Tuesday, October 15 — Storyteller and performer Gary Greene will present Carl Sandburg: A Wanderer’s Heart, PART 2, a character portrayal of Carl Sandburg. Completing the story began in his November 2018 program, Gary will bring to life the story of Carl Sandburg from his youthful wanderings in the Midwest, to his blossoming career as a journalist and poet in Chicago, culminating in the “national treasure” he became in his later years at Connemara. This will be an opportunity to experience Sandburg’s life through his own words, thoughts and passions. Gary Greene has lived in WNC for 30 years and has divided his professional career between the church and the library. He recently retired from Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church as the Director of Family Ministries and currently works part-time in the Youth Services Department at the Library. It was through performing with the theater company Poetry Alive that he became acquainted with the popular poetry of Carl Sandburg. Gary notes, “I found a kindred spirit in Sandburg. We both grew up in the Midwest knowing the same landscapes and people. We both loved telling stories to children and plinking around on a guitar. We both ended up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and have been nourished by its beauty. Today his work seems to me as timely as ever.”

Tuesday, November 19 — Author and scholar Pam Blevins will present B.A.C.H. – A Musical Mystery Tour.

Tuesday, December 17 – TBA

Friends of the Oklawaha

Henderson County is developing a new Greenway Master Plan. For more information and to  complete a short survey go to https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/greenway-network

The Greenway Master Plan establishes and communicates a broad vision for a countywide Greenway Network, and provides guidance to Henderson County and its partners, so that all involved can collaboratively work towards and benefit from that vision.

On September 28 the Hendo Fun Friends will be hosting a mini fundraiser for the Friends of Oklawaha Greenway. This event will be a repeat of last year’s Oktoberfest 5K Volksmarch and held in conjunction with Southern Appalachian Brewery’s (SAB) annual Oktoberfest Festival. The group walk will begin at SAB at 11:30 AM. We will meander through the Historic 7th Avenue District and then onto the Oklawaha Greenway. The pace will be slow to moderate. Children and leashed pets are welcome. We will return to SAB at about 1:00 p.m., which is when the gate opens for the Oktoberfest Festival – just in time for the first brat and beer of the day!

Registration will be from 11:00 – 11:30 AM with a $6 cash donation collected to benefit the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway. The donation will allow you Free Admission to the Oktoberfest Festival at Southern Appalachian from 1:00 to 6:00. The walk organizers assume no liability and all participants walk at their own risk. This walk is not sanctioned by nor affiliated with any local, national or international Volkssport club or association.

On Saturday, October 5, at 10 AM, a Guided Tree Walk Along the Oklawaha Greenway will focus on identifying and understanding trees, especially those native to the area. The program is open to the public at no charge. Meet at Patton Park in the circular pavilion near the basketball courts. The walk will take about 90 minutes, returning to Patton Park. The hike will be held rain or shine. The program is co-sponsored by Hendersonville Tree Board and Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway.

Mark Madsen, a member of the Tree Board and an ISA Certified Arborist, will lead the walk. The tour will start by looking at trees in Patton Park that are suitable for home gardens and then move on to look at many species of native trees in the wetland forest along Mud Creek.

Join the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, October 9th (rain date – Friday, October 11) to replant the beds around the Oklawaha’s Greenway’s red Kiosk. Many of the original plantings were destroyed by last year’s floods. Conserving Carolina will provide native plants that are more resistant to flooding. Bring gloves, a trowel and a water bottle, and meet at the Kiosk, which is at the intersection of the Oklawaha Greenway and the spur that runs up to Patton Park. All are welcome.






NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events

Grow Magazine

bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops
95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for more information.


The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

Click here for calendar. For more information call 828.258.8737 x 216 or Email: susan@mountaintrue.org

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter


Contact botanynerd89@gmail.com for more details or https://www.facebook.com/botanynerds

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-6734

Find out more information about upcoming events on our website:  www.malaprops.com/event

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